Movies and TV

From left, Viraj Juneja, Lewis Gribben, Rian Gordon and Samuel Bottomley appear in “Get Duked!” a wacky comedy about delinquents in camping program who find themselves being hunted. (Courtesy Amazon Prime)

Exclamation nation with ‘Get Duked!,’ ‘Centigrade,’ ‘Mr. Soul!’

With big movies hard to see locally, here are three exciting alternatives

From left, Viraj Juneja, Lewis Gribben, Rian Gordon and Samuel Bottomley appear in “Get Duked!” a wacky comedy about delinquents in camping program who find themselves being hunted. (Courtesy Amazon Prime)
Jacki Weaver appeals in the San Francisco-set movie “Stage Mother.” (Courtesy photo)

New this week: ‘Stage Mother,’ ‘Chemical Hearts, ‘Watch List’

Films showcase various heroines dealing with loss

Jacki Weaver appeals in the San Francisco-set movie “Stage Mother.” (Courtesy photo)
Filmmaker Anne Flatte poses with the poster for “River City Drumbeat,” her new documentary screening in the Roxie’s virtual cinema. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Documentarian Anne Flatté introduces inspirational musicians in ‘River City Drumbeat’

San Francisco filmmaker Anne Flatté remembers when physical location was everything to…

Filmmaker Anne Flatte poses with the poster for “River City Drumbeat,” her new documentary screening in the Roxie’s virtual cinema. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jamie Foxx stars in the not entirely successful superhero movie “Project Power.” (Courtesy Skip Bolen/Netflix)

‘Project Power,’ ‘Spree,’ ‘Boys State,’ ‘Bombardier Blood,’ ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’

Two Hollywood movies, three documentaries will pump your adrenaline and tickle your brain

Jamie Foxx stars in the not entirely successful superhero movie “Project Power.” (Courtesy Skip Bolen/Netflix)
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of ”King Lear” features, from left, Yohana Ansari-Thomas, Phil Lowery and Jessica Powell in the title role. (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)

Streams go wild, from ‘King Lear’ to ‘Three’s Company’

‘Quack,’ ‘Paris Effect’ also worth checking out

San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of ”King Lear” features, from left, Yohana Ansari-Thomas, Phil Lowery and Jessica Powell in the title role. (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)
Kate Lyn Sheil is excellent as a woman with high anxiety in “She Dies Tomorrow.” (Courtesy Neon)

‘She Dies Tomorrow,’ ‘La Llorona,’ ‘I Used to Go Here’

Two creative sci-fi, horror flicks, one amiable comedy

Kate Lyn Sheil is excellent as a woman with high anxiety in “She Dies Tomorrow.” (Courtesy Neon)
“Artifishal,” a documentary about the underside of the salmon-fishing industry, screens in a live stream with filmmaker Josh Murphy at 4 p.m. Aug. 4. (Courtesy Ben Moon)

International Ocean Film Festival begins online screenings

Features, shorts, talks programmed for July 30 to Aug. 9

“Artifishal,” a documentary about the underside of the salmon-fishing industry, screens in a live stream with filmmaker Josh Murphy at 4 p.m. Aug. 4. (Courtesy Ben Moon)
Romany Malco stars in, wrote and directed the appealing mockumentary “Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison.” (Courtesy photo)

New on demand: ‘Tijuana Jackson,’ ‘The Fight,’ ‘Around the Sun’

Digital films explore those trying to help and those just trying to figure it all out

Romany Malco stars in, wrote and directed the appealing mockumentary “Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison.” (Courtesy photo)
“The Go-Go’s,” airing July 31 on Showtime, features, from left, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock. (Courtesy Lynn Goldsmith/Sundance Institute)

‘Go-Go’s’ doc details rise of pop punk darlings

Group archivist is drummer Gina Schock

“The Go-Go’s,” airing July 31 on Showtime, features, from left, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin, Belinda Carlisle, Kathy Valentine and Gina Schock. (Courtesy Lynn Goldsmith/Sundance Institute)
Rosamund Pike plays scientist Marie Curie in “Radioactive.” (Courtesy LaurieSparham/Amazon Prime)

‘Radioactive,’ ‘Rental,’ ‘Yes, God, Yes’ new this week

Science, slashers and teen sexuality in latest films on demand

Rosamund Pike plays scientist Marie Curie in “Radioactive.” (Courtesy LaurieSparham/Amazon Prime)
“They Ain’t Ready for Me,” a film about Tamar Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student fighting for change on Chicago’s South Side, screens at noon July 18 with a Q&A presentation. (Courtesy photo)

Jewish Film Institute serves up ‘Cinegogue Summer Days’

Four-day fest offers drive-in, digital screenings

“They Ain’t Ready for Me,” a film about Tamar Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student fighting for change on Chicago’s South Side, screens at noon July 18 with a Q&A presentation. (Courtesy photo)
Petr Kotlár portrays a nameless child who encounters myriad atrocities in “The Painted Bird,” based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski. (Courtesy IFC Films)

War or horror in ‘Painted Bird,’ ‘Ghosts of War,’ ‘Carmilla’

Films set in the past deliver scares yet are rich with empathy

Petr Kotlár portrays a nameless child who encounters myriad atrocities in “The Painted Bird,” based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski. (Courtesy IFC Films)
David Thewlis is superb in Atom Egoyan’s “Guest of Honour.” (Courtesy Kino Lorber)

‘Guest of Honour,’ ‘Beach House,’ Hong Kong Cinema

Releases from Atom Egoyan, Jeffrey A. Brown, SFFilm

David Thewlis is superb in Atom Egoyan’s “Guest of Honour.” (Courtesy Kino Lorber)
“John Lewis: Good Trouble” details the life of the veteran congressman from Georgia, a longtime civil rights activist. (Courtesy Ben Arnon/Magnolia Pictures)
“John Lewis: Good Trouble” details the life of the veteran congressman from Georgia, a longtime civil rights activist. (Courtesy Ben Arnon/Magnolia Pictures)
DisneyPlus screens a specially-created film version of “Hamilton,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Leslie Odom Jr., captured from a 2016 performance on Broadway. (Courtesy DisneyPlus)

Affordable, accessible ‘Hamilton’ streams July 3

B’way hit screens on film, captured live from 2016 with original cast

DisneyPlus screens a specially-created film version of “Hamilton,” featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, and Leslie Odom Jr., captured from a 2016 performance on Broadway. (Courtesy DisneyPlus)
Rose Byrne and Steve Carell play political strategists in “Irresistible.” (Courtesy Daniel McFadden/Focus Features)

‘Irresistible,’ ‘House of Hummingbird,’ ‘Ella’ new on demand

Check out Jon Stewart’s political comedy, vivid coming-of-age Korean drama, solid musical doc

Rose Byrne and Steve Carell play political strategists in “Irresistible.” (Courtesy Daniel McFadden/Focus Features)
Jacki Weaver stars in “Stage Mother,” a San Francisco-set feature closing the Frameline44 Pride Showcase. (Courtesy Frameline)

SF-set ‘Stage Mother’ closes Frameline Pride Showcase

Digital film fest offers features, shorts, docs of local and international interest

Jacki Weaver stars in “Stage Mother,” a San Francisco-set feature closing the Frameline44 Pride Showcase. (Courtesy Frameline)
Nicole Beharie stars in the drama “Miss Juneteenth.” (Courtesy Vertical Entertainment)

‘7500,’ ‘Mr. Jones,’ ‘Jack & Yaya,’ ‘Miss Juneteenth’

New releases go inside a plane, USSR, a trans friendship, Juneteenth pageant

Nicole Beharie stars in the drama “Miss Juneteenth.” (Courtesy Vertical Entertainment)
Relentless gay rights and public health activist Larry Kramer was an acclaimed theater and screenwriter as well. (Courtesy HBO)

Larry Kramer’s persistence opened doors, achieved lasting results

Feisty advocate-writer left indelible impact on SF, the world

Relentless gay rights and public health activist Larry Kramer was an acclaimed theater and screenwriter as well. (Courtesy HBO)
King of Staten Island, Surrogates, Maronas Fantastic Tale onscreen

King of Staten Island, Surrogates, Maronas Fantastic Tale onscreen

Apatow comedy, moral drama, animated dog adventure new this week

King of Staten Island, Surrogates, Maronas Fantastic Tale onscreen